The Voice of Rural Health!

M I S S I O N 
MRHA is a non-profit, membership organization missioned to strengthen the health, health care and well-being of rural Minnesotans through leadership, advocacy, education and collaboration.

MRHA is the leading coordinating and advocacy organization for strengthening health and health care for rural Minnesotans.

NEW! Governor Mark Dayton Proclaims Thursday, November 20, as Rural Health Day in Minnesota

WHEREAS, Minnesota is known for its tight-knit rural communities, where people know each other and work together; and

WHEREAS, rural hospitals and health systems are often the largest employers in rural communities and regions; and

WHEREAS, meeting the unique health care needs of Minnesota’s rural citizens requires creativity and resourcefulness that reaches beyond geographic boundaries or demographic challenges; and

WHEREAS, greater Minnesota’s health professionals, hospitals and clinics are dedicated to delivering high-quality and innovative care to underserved Minnesotans; and

WHEREAS, on Thursday, November 19, 2015, National Rural Health Day will be celebrated throughout the United States.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, MARK DAYTON, Governor of Minnesota, do hereby proclaim Thursday, November 19, 2015, as Rural Health Day in the State of Minnesota.

NEW! Nov. 20 Cyber Conference - The Minnesota Oral Health Project: Crushing Cavities in Rural Areas
Dr. Amos Deinard of the U of M will present on the epidemic of pediatric dental disease in rural areas, and a new statewide initiative to improve oral health and access to dental care in rural communities.  To register, e-mail

Oct. 16 Cyber Conference - The Minnesota Telemedicine Act: Expanding Telehealth
Click here to download the presentation (.pdf)

MRHA and Partners Begin Planning 2016 MN Rural Health Conference (June 20-21)

2016 MRHC Planning
(Nov. 2015) Team members from the Minnesota Rural Health Association, the Minnesota Department of Health, and the National Rural Health Resource Center met recently in Hinkley to begin planning the 2016 Minnesota Rural Health Conference set for June 20-21 at the DECC in Duluth.  The 2015 conference attracted a record crowd of more than 600 participants, and exhibit space sold-out in less than two weeks!  The 2016 conference promises to be even more interactive and value-added -- another great benefit of joing the MRHA!

MRHA Announces Formation of Student Chapter
(Oct. 2015) The MRHA has announced formation of a Student Chapter intended to empower and engage rural health professions students on campuses across Minnesota.  The MRHA Board voted unanimously to form the new Student Chapter which will operate under the auspices of the MRHA.  Alena Tofte, a medical student at the University of Minnesota Duluth, has been appointed the first Chapter President.  Dr. Ray Christensen, Dean of the University of Minnesota Duluth Medical School, and long-time rural health advocate, is the chapter's faculty advisor.  MRHA is excited about the potential to engage rural health students in building the future of rural health in which they will serve.

MRHA Welcomes National Rural Health Association Conferences July 14-17

The National Rural Health Association (NRHA) is holding its annual Leadership Conference and Rural Quality and Clinical Conference this week in Minneapolis.  The Minnesota Rural Health Association (MRHA) is pleased and proud to welcome our colleagues from across the country to the great state of Minnesota!  Those who traveled furthest to get here are our colleagues from Hawaii. The exchange of ideas and best practices has been outstanding!  Never before have we needed so many locally responsive and collaborative efforts to manage change and strengthen rural health and healthcare.

We need you on the team:  Join the MRHA today by clicking on "About MRHA" above.

 MRHA Celebrates Record-Setting 2015 Minnesota Rural Health Conference


MRHA thanks all who joined the Minnesota Rural Health Association team during the most successful Minnesota Rural Health Conference ever!  More than 600 people participated in the June 29-30 conference at the DECC in Duluth - a record for this event!  Our theme was "Partnerships In Progress" highlighting both the issues and how working together is making a positive difference toward improving rural health and healthcare.  Hundreds of you proudly wore stickers proclaiming "I'm an MRHA Rural Health Advocate" and we'd like to make that a reality.  As noted at the conference:  If you were there, you need to become a member of the Minnesota Rural Health Association - The Voice of Rural Health!  We represent a wealth of resources, connections and opportunities to positively impact rural health.  

We need you on the team! Become an MRHA member:
Fill out the official MRHA Membership form (Downloadable PDF) and return it with your membership fee to:

  Minnesota Rural Health Association
  P.O. Box 421
  Waite Park, MN 56387

MRHA Rural Health Report to the Minnesota Legislature:
The State of Minnesota Rural Health 2015 (Downloadable PDF)

MRHA 2015 Legislation Summary:
MRHA - 2015 Legislation Summary (Downloadable PDF)

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Minnesota Rural Health Association is a member of the National Rural Health Association.(NRHA)
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